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Los Angeles Red Star Ball Raises Record $6M+ For MDA’S New National Blood Center And Ambulances
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Los Angeles (October 23, 2014) — On the heels of Operation Protective Edge, American Friends of Magen David Adom’s Los Angeles Red Star Ball celebrated MDA’s wartime medics at a star-studded gala on Thursday at the Beverly Hilton. The event raised more than $6 million, a record for an event benefitting MDA, which will be […]


Magen David Adom Issues List of Emergency Needs As New Rocket Barrage Targets Israeli Civilians

New York (July 11, 2014) – Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical response organization, has issued a list of emergency needs Americans can sponsor as it continues saving lives amid increasing rocket attacks from Gaza. MDA, which does not receive Israeli government funding for its operations, has activated its entire 13,000 volunteer corps […]


Michael R. Bloomberg Dedicates New Torah Scroll in Honor of his Parents at MDA Jerusalem Station
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Jerusalem, Israel (May 30, 2014) – Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist, founder of Bloomberg LP, and 108th mayor of New York City, continued his longtime support of Magen David Adom (MDA) when he helped dedicate a new torah scroll in memory of his parents, William and Charlotte at a May 23 ceremony. The scroll will reside at […]


Boca-Delray Community Event Raises $800,000 and Honors Eileen and Michael Goldman
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Boca Raton, Fla. (March 16, 2014) – More than 185 guests honored community leaders and philanthropists Eileen and Michael Goldman with the 2014 Humanitarian Award at American Friends of Magen David Adom’s (AFMDA) annual Boca-Delray Community Event at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. The event, chaired by Ina Rae and Neil Fox, raised $800,000 […]


Palm Beach Friends of MDA’s Celebration of Life Gala Honors Lois Pope, Raises $1.2 Million for MDA’s New National Blood Center and Lifesaving Services
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Palm Beach, Fla. (February 23, 2014) – More than 430 guests helped the Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom (MDA) honor esteemed philanthropist Lois Pope with the 2014 Humanitarian Award at its annual Celebration of Life Gala at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on Sunday. The event raised $1.2 million – including a record six […]


In Jerusalem, Country Music Legend Ricky Skaggs Donates Blood in Support of Israel and Magen David Adom
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Jerusalem, Israel (February 17, 2014) – Grammy Award–winning country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs showed his support for the people of Israel on Friday in Jerusalem when he donated a unit of blood to Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national medical emergency response and blood services organization. Skaggs and his wife Sharon visited MDA’s William […]


AFMDA Hosts Israeli Consul General at Brunch Benefitting Magen David Adom’s New National Blood Center
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Pompano Beach, FL (January 23, 2014) — A brunch hosted on January 19 by Annetta Epstein and Dr. Tszipi Arison at the Arisons’ Pompano Beach home helped raise critical new funds for Magen David Adom’s (MDA) new national blood center. MDA is Israel’s national emergency medical response and blood services organization. The guest speaker, Chaim […]


Sydell Miller Hosts Magical Evening of Music at La Reverie in Support of Palm Beach Friends of AFMDA
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Palm Beach, FL (January 14, 2014) — In December, Palm Beach Friends of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) used a different approach to help save lives through MDA, Israel’s national medical emergency response organization: music. The weeklong AFMDA concert series featured classical performances by active-duty soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces’ Outstanding Musicians […]


AFMDA’S Southeast Region Appoints Eleanore Levy As New Development Executive
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Boca Raton, FL (January 10, 2014) — American Friends of Magen David Adom (MDA) has named Eleanore A. Levy as its new Southeast Region Development Executive. She began her new post in December 2013. Levy, a 20-year veteran of higher education and non-profit fundraising, will engage with new and existing donors throughout Florida, concentrating on […]


Magen David Adom To Serve As National Emergency Dispatch Center For More Than Just Its Own Ambulances And Medicycles

JERUSALEM (January 8, 2014) — In a move designed to better coordinate responses to medical emergencies in Israel, the Ministry of Health announced that Magen David Adom, the country’s official national emergency medical services organization, will serve as the dispatch center for all first-responder organizations, including United Hatzalah. Under the plan, which becomes effective Saturday, […]


MDA Praises Obama Administration’s Push for New First-Response Protocols in the U.S.

For Immediate Release Ramat Gan, Israel (December 16, 2013) — Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national paramedic and blood-services organization, is lauding a decision by the Obama administration to push for changing the protocols for how American medical first responders handle terrorist and other mass-casualty incidents. Currently, the U.S. advocates that medical first responders not be […]


Katie Couric, Michael Bloomberg, Ron Prosor Shine at Benefit Dinner for MDA
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New York (December 10, 2013) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Katie Couric, and Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor helped American Friends of Magen David Adom (MDA) raise $1 million for MDA at its sold-out Annual New York Benefit Dinner Monday night in Manhattan. All funds will go to support ambulances and lifesaving equipment for […]


AFMDA’s Diamond Circle Chanukah Gala Promises New Twists That Honor Tradition
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 12, 2013) – American Friends of Magen David Adom’s (AFMDA) Diamond Circle Chanukah Gala, one of south Florida’s longest-running charity events, will be held Sunday, November 24 at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Aventura. This year’s gala will continue its tradition of supporting the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom […]


Record-Breaking Inaugural AFMDA Los Angeles Gala Raises $3.8 Million For MDA’S Emergency Medical Services In Israel
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LOS ANGELES (October 6, 2013) – It was a historic night on Sunday at The Beverly Hilton as American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA)’s first-ever Los Angeles Gala raised a record $3.8 million for Magen David Adom (MDA) that will go towards emergency medical services and the building of a new National Blood Center […]


International Expert Guy Caspi To Instruct Westchester First-Responders
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NEW YORK (August 22, 2013) – Amid upcoming anniversaries of major U.S. mass-casualty events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the Chatsworth, Calif. train accident, Westchester County is preparing for potential multicasualty scenarios by inviting Guy Caspi, a global expert on multi-casualty response and training, to brief more than 100 county first-responders. The August 29 event will be held at […]


As 9/11 Anniversary Approaches, Guy Caspi To Teach Chicago Emergency Responders About Mass-Casualty
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CHICAGO (August 20, 2013) – Amid upcoming anniversaries of major U.S. mass-casualty events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the Chatsworth, Calif. train accident, Chicago is preparing for potential multi-casualty scenarios by inviting Guy Caspi, a global expert on multi-casualty response and training, to brief more than 100 county first-responders. The lecture will take place August 27 at the Fire Academy […]


Chicago’s GVS Club Will Dedicate Ambulance to Sandy Hook Victims in Newtown, Conn.
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NEWTOWN, CONN. (June 10, 2013) – Chicago’s Great Vest Side (GVS) club will honor the victims of last December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by dedicating an Israel-bound Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance in their memory at a June 30 event in Newtown, Conn. The ambulance (pictured) will be on display at Sunday’s dedication at […]


Chicago’s GVS Group Honors Newtown, CT Victims with Ambulance

CHICAGO (May 6, 2013) – In a show of solidarity for a community still grieving, Chicago’s Great Vest Side (GVS) Group will honor the victims of last December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by dedicating an Israel-bound Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance in their memory. The ambulance will be on display at Monday night’s GVS semi-annual fundraising […]


Ambulance Donated by Detroit’s Local AFMDA Chapter Part of President Obama’s Motorcade in Israel
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DETROIT (March 21, 2013) – A Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance sponsored by greater-Detroit residents is part of the elite medical and security convoy accompanying President Barack Obama throughout his current, historic trip to Israel. The ambulance, Mobile Intensive Care Unit #12 (below), was sponsored by donors of the Dr. John J. Mames – Michigan chapter of […]


Fulfilling Their Parents’ Promise to Israel

**PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES** ATLANTA (April 8, 2013) – Gerry Goldklang says his late father Norman was a great athlete, a good businessman, but most importantly, a great father. Now, Gerry, along with his brother Marv and sister Joyce, are doing their part to be equally great children by dedicating an MDA ambulance in honor of their parents. The Goldklang […]


Woman Gives Birth to Twins at Home Alone, Guided by Paramedic on Phone
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Magen David Adom’s dedication to saving lives in Israel includes helping new lives begin. An Israeli woman expecting twins, Meital Shiri was home alone except for her 9-year-old son when she began experiencing labor pains that told her she did not have time to get to the hospital. Even though she was only 34 weeks […]


Kids to Get Up Close With AFMDA Ambulance
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PHILADELPHIA (March 13, 2013) – Expect a chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” on Sunday as 400 Hebrew school students welcome an Israel-bound AFMDA ambulance to Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen. The ambulance, sponsored by Madeline Nappen along with her brothers Mark Hankin and George Hankin in honor of their mother Gertrude, will be at Beth Or from 9 a.m. until […]


AFMDA to Host Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post Chief Political Correspondent & Analyst, in Cleveland
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CLEVELAND (February 26, 2013) – The David Mark Berger Chapter of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) and Temple Emanu El will host Gil Hoffman, the Jerusalem Post’s chief political correspondent and analyst, on March 17 at Temple Emanu El in Orange Village. Hoffman’s talk, coming just days before U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, […]


St. Andrews Community Dedicates 100th Ambulance as Ina Rae and Neil Fox are Honored
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Boca Raton, FL (February 25, 2013) – The St. Andrews Country Club community made history on February 24 when it dedicated its 100th ambulance to Israel with the help of the American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA). It is the first, and only, group to achieve such a milestone in the U.S. Nearly 200 […]


Palm Beach Gala Raises $2M as AFMDA Honors Jack and Barbara Kay at Mar-a-Lago
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PALM BEACH, FL (February 10, 2013) – Over 400 guests helped the Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom (MDA) honor esteemed local philanthropists Barbara and Jack Kay (at left) with the 2013 Humanitarian Award at its annual Celebration of Life Gala at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The event raised $2 million for Israel’s National Blood Services […]


MDA Director of Blood Services Prof. Eilat Shinar Visits Teaneck, NJ
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NEW YORK (February 20, 2013) – Professor Eilat Shinar, director of Blood Services at Magen David Adom (MDA), will address a small and exclusive group of North Jersey residents at a breakfast briefing in Teaneck on Friday, February 22. MDA manages Israel’s National Blood Services Center, a facility in critical need of structural upgrades to cope with the threat […]


Florida Dinner Honoring Ina Rae & Neil Fox Will Celebrate St. Andrews Community’s 100th Ambulance
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BOCA RATON, FL (January 23, 2013) – The Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) will honor local philanthropists Ina Rae and Neil Fox (at left) at its inaugural Boca-Delray Community Dinner on February 24 at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. The unique event will celebrate the Club’s 100th ambulance dedication to Magen David Adom (MDA), […]


AFMDA to Honor Barbara and Jack Kay at Annual Palm Beach Gala at Mar-a-Lago on February 10
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PALM BEACH, FL (January 18, 2013) – The Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) will honor esteemed local philanthropists Barbara and Jack Kay (at left) with the 2013 Humanitarian Award at its annual Celebration of Life Gala on Sunday, February 10 at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The event will benefit Israel’s new national blood […]


AFMDA To Honor Gloria Moss and the Moss Family at Sarasota Reception
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SARASOTA, FL (January 11, 2013) – The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) will honor esteemed local philanthropist Gloria Moss and the Moss family at a reception on February 6 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. The event, “Afternoon Reception: A Conversation with Nehemiah Dagan,” is cochaired by Charlene Heiser Wolff and Gila Meriwether. […]


Young Man Gives Up Bar Mitzvah Gifts To Purchase MDA Ambulance

SACRAMENTO, CA (January 7, 2013) — American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA), in partnership with the City of Sacramento and StandWithUs, will be dedicating an ambulance to the city of Ashkelon on Tuesday in honor of the Israeli town’s newly-created Sister City relationship with Sacramento. The ambulance was purchased as a gift to Ashkelon by Robert Leeds, […]


Silvian Foundation’s Giving Is Inspired By Crisis
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NEW YORK (December 18, 2012) — Seeing is believing — and giving — for the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation when it comes to Magen David Adom (MDA). The foundations’ officers witnessed MDA’s lifesaving work in November, when Hamas terrorists fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilian targets. Impressed with MDA’s response to the crisis […]


Chicago-Area Lawyer To Climb Kilimanjaro To Help MDA
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CHICAGO (December 14, 2012) — Howard Zavell and his sons are going to help save lives in Israel in a way no one has ever tried: by hiking to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain. Zavell, a Highland Park, IL attorney, and his two sons, Ben, 12, and Max, 15, are set to embark on […]